VENUE is a modular system that can be custom-confi gured for a range of live sound applications. Its basic components include the D-Show™ mixing console, FOH (front-of-house) Rack (which houses the system’s mix engine), Stage Rack (with recallable, remote-controlled preamps), and multi-channel digital snake. The system’s highly expandable architecture allows up to 96 mic inputs, 27 buses, eight mono matrices, and eight stereo matrices, providing a new level of fl exible signal distribution. Stereo matrices can be treated as a monitor submixer and controlled remotely by the artist using the unique Digidesign Personal Q™ monitoring system. The powerful mix engine provides EQ and dynamics processing on every input channel, along with 24 assignable graphic EQs and built-in support for TDM plug-ins.
All mixing surfaces and racks offer dual-redundant power supplies and are purpose-built to measure up to the highest reliability standards in the industry. VENUE also offers direct hardware and software integration with industry-standard Pro Tools digital audio workstations without the need for additional audio peripherals.
1. D-Show Mixing Console
The result of several years of design and ergonomic refi nement, the D-Show mixing console was developed with input from leading mix engineers in touring sound, theater, houses of worship, and other fi xed installations. The console offers an intuitive and manageable interface to enable control of a large number of inputs from a smaller mixing surface, while giving operators the fl exibility to expand the console surface with up to three Sidecars total to reduce the need for layering or assignment.
2. D-Show Mix Engine
Powerful DSP cards are the backbone of the console’s internal architecture, providing 48-bit pathways throughout the system for maximum headroom and signal quality. Every channel strip includes extensive built-in signal processing capabilities, including delay, fourth-order HPF, compression/limiting, and expansion/gating. Channel strips also offer a unique four-band EQ capable of processing in digital or analog emulation mode. VENUE supports additional software-based TDM plug-ins to give engineers the power and fl exibility to use a vast palette of high-quality effects while effectively replacing cumbersome and expensive racks of outboard equipment.
3. FOH Rack
The FOH Rack houses the D-Show digital mix engine, embedded control computer, and additional hardware option cards, providing connectivity at the mix position for inserts or auxiliary devices that need to reside near the operator. The FOH Rack is equipped with eight analog inputs and outputs (expandable to 16), analog and digital two-track connections, intercom facilities, and outputs for near-fi eld speaker monitoring. MIDI connectors on the FOH Rack permit remote control of outboard devices or MIDI Time Code synchronization of snapshot automation during a performance.
4. Stage Rack
The Stage Rack handles I/O for stage mic/line sources and output signals. A single Stage Rack accommodates up to 48 remote-controlled mic preamps and converters, and up to 48 outputs. The Stage Rack connects to the mix engine via the digital snake system. A remote head-amp architecture ensures
that sensitive mic signals are converted to digital as close to the source as possible, preserving maximum audio fi delity. Using a second, optional FOH Snake Card, operators can connect two remotely positioned Stage Racks to a single FOH Rack, expanding the total I/O from 48 to 96 preamps. Together with the FOH Rack I/O, a total of 128 inputs are available to mix. With the optional Digital Stage Input (DSI) and/or Digital
Stage Output (DSO) card, the Stage Rack can also accommodate 48 channels of digital input and output.
5. Digital Snake System
The digital snake offers an optional dual-redundant system that uses affordable standard coaxial cable with BNC connectors, and it transports up to 48 signals bi-directionally over distances up to 500 feet. The snake transports both audio and control data with maximum interference rejection for an extremely low-latency, error-free result. The snake’s bit-error detection capability provides an early indication of cable-wear, and it can switch seamlessly to a backup cable should a failure occur. The digital snake system replaces bulky and expensive traditional multi-channel analog connections. In addition to lighter weight and lower cost, it has the benefi t of providing complete isolation from ground loops between the stage and mix positions.